Mission and Vision

read the declarationThe Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities is an international affiliate organization of universities in large metropolitan areas that share common understandings of their institutional missions and values, as described in the Declaration of Metropolitan Universities.  The Coalition ensures sustained attention to the exchange of information and ideas among member institutions about higher education’s role in urban and metropolitan settings, engenders a unified approach to the resolution of common challenges, and develops a clearer understanding within the higher education community and among public policy makers and the public about the distinctive roles played by urban and metropolitan institutions of higher education.


The objectives of the Coalition are to:

  • Promote the exchange of ideas, experiences, and research outcomes among its members.
  • Acquaint faculty, administrators, the public, and policy makers with new tools and approaches for assessing the unique contributions, quality, impact, and productivity of urban and metropolitan universities.
  • Promulgate the creation and dissemination of knowledge on metropolitan issues.
  • Provide a forum for the presentation of ideas and opinions on the role of urban and metropolitan universities in addressing the challenges of our cities.
  • Assist urban and metropolitan universities in shaping and adapting structures, policies, and practices to enhance their effectiveness as key institutions in the lives of metropolitan regions and their citizens. 

The Coalition’s objectives are achieved through strategies, programs and activities that support research and information exchange, institutional engagement and service, and public information and advocacy.


The Coalition defines, supports and disseminates data, institutional research, assessments, case studies and best practices which enable member institutions to better fulfill their missions, enhance access and learning in urban and metropolitan environments, and ensure continuous improvement, efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.  This is achieved through programs which, among others, fund relevant research efforts of faculty, institutional researchers and graduate students; publish research and practice in the Coalition journal, Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum; issue awards and recognitions of achievement; and foster information sharing and a network of innovation through regular conferencing activities.  


The Coalition assists universities in being effective regional leaders and stewards for enhancing the quality of life and educational, economic and cultural development.  It serves as an informational resource and clearinghouse of best practices in the formation and support of partnerships with post-secondary educational institutions, K-12 schools, governmental agencies, business and industry, and cultural and civic organizations to promote learning, civic engagement, knowledge development and application, community building and economic development.  The Coalition collaborates with professional associations, business coalitions, and associations of university staff and public officials to support outreach, research and public policy objectives.


The Coalition seeks to analyze, develop, and advocate for public policies and resources at local, regional, state and national levels that support the objectives of member institutions, especially related to issues such as student access, opportunity and success as well as research and public service activities that address critical urban issues.


Download the 2014-2017 Strategic Action Plan

Download the Coalition's Bylaws

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